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Should I share my cost with a 3PL for analysis?

Posted by Marc Wojnowich on Sep 24, 2019, 9:00:23 AM

If only every freight debate were so simple! The answer is… “It depends…”

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Tags: Accessorials, Detention Fees, LTL, Freight Rates, LTL Carrier Cost, freight cost, freight reporting, Limited Access, Freight Technology, TMS, ltl analysis

"Limited Access" - Time to be more specific!

Posted by Marc Wojnowich on Jun 25, 2019, 12:34:19 PM

Limited Access - Those additional charges shippers loath are getting more complicated. The accessorial charge is no longer a catch-all for destinations carriers deem out of the ordinary.

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Tags: Accessorials, Detention Fees, LTL, Freight Rates, LTL Carrier Cost, Late Delivery, Advance Ship Notice, freight cost, freight reporting, cost per pound, Limited Access, Freight Technology, TMS

How do you measure LTL Freight Cost over time?

Posted by Marc Wojnowich on May 29, 2019, 6:34:18 AM

Have you looked at the P&L recently and noticed freight making a greater impact than in previous years? When you reach out to those who manage freight in your company, what sort of responses do you get?  

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Tags: Accessorials, Detention Fees, LTL, Freight Rates, LTL Carrier Cost, Late Delivery, Advance Ship Notice, freight cost, freight reporting, cost per pound

3 Benefits to Using an Advance Ship Notification - ASN

Posted by Marc Wojnowich on Apr 10, 2019, 8:45:19 AM

Does it seem like shipment notifications are just for E-Commerce or Amazon? Not the case- and using Advance Ship Notifications can impact multiple segments of your business.

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Tags: Accessorials, Detention Fees, LTL, Freight Rates, Late Delivery, Customer Service, ASN, Advance Ship Notice

Are LTL Carriers Becoming More “Self-Serve” in 2019?

Posted by Curtis Garrett on Mar 25, 2019, 10:29:14 AM

As the less-than-truckload landscape changes rapidly and the market hurtles down the path towards tighter capacity, and higher costs – one must wonder what all of this means for today’s shippers and 3PLs.  The days of the time-rich, doting sales rep; bringing pizza by the shipping office and shaking hands or slapping backs every other day are arguably behind us.  Not every problem can be solved with a wink, nudge or quick phone call.

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Tags: Freight Terms, Density, LTL Pricing, Accessorials, Freight Tariffs, LTL, Freight Rates, Freight Management, Ship Smarter, Freight Data, Logistics, LTL Carrier, Reweigh, Reclass, Carrier performance, Freight Audit, Freight Pay

Customer Service & LTL Freight - Save your CSRs Time & Provide Top Notch Service

Posted by Marc Wojnowich on Feb 26, 2019, 7:02:56 AM

How many calls do your customer service representatives (CSRs) have to make related to shipping?

  • Get a rate quote
  • Confirm a customer has a loading dock
  • Provide a status update (tracking)
  • Provide instructions on how to handle damage

Here are a few tools that can reduce the burden of freight on your CSRs that a good Transportation Management System (TMS) ought to provide:

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Tags: Freight Terms, Density, LTL Pricing, Accessorials, Freight Tariffs, LTL, Freight Rates, Freight Management, Ship Smarter, Freight Data, Logistics, LTL Carrier, Reweigh, Reclass, Carrier performance, Freight Audit, Freight Pay

3 Ways to Reduce Freight Cost Unrelated to Rates!

Posted by Marc Wojnowich on Jan 21, 2019, 3:57:56 PM

Tired of fighting with Carriers over discounts, minimum charges and accessorials? Given the economy, capacity pressures, and LTL carrier's current perceived leverage, you may be more successful reducing your freight cost by taking a deep dive into your organization's shipping processes.

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Tags: Freight Terms, Density, LTL Pricing, Accessorials, Freight Tariffs, LTL, Freight Rates, Freight Management, Ship Smarter, Freight Data, Logistics, LTL Carrier, Reweigh, Reclass, Carrier performance, Freight Audit, Freight Pay

Freight Audit and Pay - What should you expect?

Posted by Marc Wojnowich on Dec 18, 2018, 9:43:48 AM

Recently, an article from the Journal of Commerce (JOC), "Tech Transforming payment services into shipper intelligence," explored the evolution of freight audit and pay firms to data managers. Surprisingly, the article seems to suggest audit firms are creating a new space, but are they?

Leads me to question, if you are using a 3rd party to audit and pay carriers on your behalf, what are today's reasonable expectations?

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Tags: Freight Terms, Density, LTL Pricing, Accessorials, Freight Tariffs, LTL, Freight Rates, Freight Management, Ship Smarter, Freight Data, Logistics, LTL Carrier, Reweigh, Reclass, Carrier performance, Freight Audit, Freight Pay

Linear Feet - Not all LTL Carriers Rules Tariffs are the same

Posted by Cody Walters on Nov 12, 2018, 7:00:00 AM

One of the most identifiable differences between Less-Than-Truckload (LTL) and Full Truckload (FTL) Carriers is the amount of freight you can move at one time. Far too often shippers will throw 7-8 pallets onto an LTL trailer and think nothing of it; it’s not a full truckload, right? Big... mistake!

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Tags: Freight Terms, Density, LTL Pricing, Overlength, Freight Tariffs, LTL, Freight Rates, Freight Management, Ship Smarter, Logistics, LTL Carrier, Volume Loads, Bill of Lading

Late deliveries causing anxiety? What does "Standard Transit Time" really mean?

Posted by Marc Wojnowich on Oct 23, 2018, 11:44:10 AM

If we were given a dime for every time we hear the frustration, "but it's supposed to be 2 day transit!" As frequently as we hear it, and as poor as LTL carriers' timeliness of delivery numbers look, suggested transit times are not changing and shippers need to plan accordingly. 

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Tags: LTL, Freight Management, Ship Smarter, Logistics, LTL Service, LTL Carrier, Freight Guarantee, Expedited, Carrier performance, Late Delivery, Standard Transit Time, LTL Transit Time

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